Soccer players must have and maintain a high fitness level to be successful. When starting out, it is important to remember that achieving excellent fitness doesn't happen overnight. It takes discipline and patience to commit to a workout regimen that will push the body at just the right levels to improve fitness without causing injury.
Fitness work with the ball is a must because it allows you to improve skills while improving fitness. Aerobic soccer exercises with the ball include dribbling for extended periods and playing in small-sided or full-field games, which also improves anaerobic fitness because of the varying nature of intensity soccer players put out while playing. An anaerobic example of dribbling with the ball would be to set up a course that involves walking, jogging and sprinting with the ball under control.